Center for Creative Photography


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Center for Creative Photography

The Center for Creative Photography is a sort of hidden gem of Tucson, this amazingly informative and yet still captivating local museum one of the absolute best spots for art and photography lovers to visit. Established in 1975, this museum center sits as a resident of the University of Arizona campus. Not only is this spot considered to be a museum, but it is also a research facility, archival repository, and digital imaging department. It almost goes without saying, you will have a lot to learn here. Groups can typically spend about an hour and a half here exploring the entire ever-changing collection, the entire facility founded by famous photographer Ansel Adams.

Within the walls of this facility, you will find works from over 60 of the most famous American photographers, from artists such as Edward Weston and Henry Callahan. There are over 80,000 images inside representing over 2,000 photographers total, the entire building allowing you to ‘experience the rich heritage of modern North American photography’. The museum is free and open to the public, yet another reason to visit while in Tucson.

The exhibits are ever-changing, though you can expect such things as the current works of art, Flowers, Fruit, Books, Bones and INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks. You can also explore the Laura Volkerding Study Center, Fine Art Photography Collection, Oral History Center, Digital Imaging Department, or Archives and reference center.